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Old 11-19-2017, 02:12 PM
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Loose mirror

The mirror was stuck so I oiled the little ball joint and now the joint is loose. Is the a way to tighten the joint?
 
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:15 PM
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:57 PM
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I had that same problem with mine. Nothing I could do. Replacing it was my only option. Got the bonus of new shiny mirrors.

Got mine from LMC but you can probably find a pair at auto parts stores.

Can look at my album photos to see the results.
 
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The mirror was stuck so I oiled the little ball joint and now the joint is loose. Is the a way to tighten the joint?
Try tightening the two screws on the bottom,worked for me.
 
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:10 PM
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If you had factory mirrors, then no, nothing you can do. Then again, if you had factory mirrors you probably wouldn't need to.

With aftermarket mirrors like those, the two screws will tighten it up. And then it'll loosen up again and you can retighten the screws again. And again. And again.

The only downside to factory mirrors is they're stinking expensive. I paid a dealer $300 for a pair of new ones for my '97. It stung a lot at the time, but I sure love having mirrors that stay where they're pointed and don't vibrate.
 
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Take the nut off, take the mirror off and tighten those two phillips screws on either side of the ball. Then re-install it.
 
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Old 11-21-2017, 02:22 PM
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Since adding lubricant caused the mirror to be too loose, why not try spraying the same area with brake cleaner and see if it is better?
 
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Old 11-23-2017, 02:25 PM
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Since adding lubricant caused the mirror to be too loose, why not try spraying the same area with brake cleaner and see if it is better?
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Take the nut off, take the mirror off and tighten those two phillips screws on either side of the ball. Then re-install it.
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If you had factory mirrors, then no, nothing you can do. Then again, if you had factory mirrors you probably wouldn't need to.

With aftermarket mirrors like those, the two screws will tighten it up. And then it'll loosen up again and you can retighten the screws again. And again. And again.

The only downside to factory mirrors is they're stinking expensive. I paid a dealer $300 for a pair of new ones for my '97. It stung a lot at the time, but I sure love having mirrors that stay where they're pointed and don't vibrate.
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Try tightening the two screws on the bottom,worked for me.
the screws tightened and the mirror seems to be better but soon began to move around while driving again.


Thank You for the advice
 

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Old 11-25-2017, 09:43 AM
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Would a bit of loctite on the ball work?
 
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Try putting some urine or DEF on that little ball, and let it sit.
 
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The mirror head came with the mirror, but it was also available by itself.

EOTZ-17723-A .. 6" x 9" Mirror Head - Use with TYPE 9 Low Mount Swing-Lock Mirror - Single Position - Stainless / Obsolete

1980/91 F100/350, Bronco & Econoline; 1988/91 F(Super Duty).

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We tried putting some DEF on that little ball, and let it sit. No better.
We tried dimpling that little ball with one of my good small center punches. It dulled the point! WTHeck do they make that little ball out of???
Tonight we wrapped a small cotton strip around that little ball and soaked it in DEF. Tomorrow hopefully its smooth surface will have been attacked by the urea in the DEF.

Will report back....
 
 
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